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At Least 11 Injured in Tel Aviv Explosions

Aired December 28, 2000 - 6:29 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LINDA STOUFFER, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back. We are following a developing story right now: an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv.

We will get to the wider piece issues in just a moment, but first we turn to Matthew Chance, in Jerusalem, who will update us now on the latest on the explosion.

Matthew, what do you have?

MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Thanks, Linda.

Well, events moving very quickly here, details still very sketchy, but the latest we have is from Israeli police: They're now saying there were three explosions in and around a bus in this city of Tel Aviv, in Israel. They're now saying that 11 people have been injured, at least one of them -- we're told by Israel radio, reports on Israel radio -- at least one of those people injured very seriously, at least four of them with just light injuries. We've got no further details on the condition of the rest of the injured.

There are no deaths, though, at this stage, reported, but as I say, the details of this explosion are now coming in rapidly, and we'll bring you up to date on whatever further information we have.

What I can say, in the meantime, though, is that the Israeli security forces have been on a state of high alert for several weeks now throughout the violence and the confrontation that has pretty much gripped Israel and the Palestinian-controlled talk territories over recent months.

There have been repeated incidents over the past few weeks of bombings against buses. One in October in Jerusalem, in which two people were killed. Another one last month in the Israeli city of Hadera -- it was really town of Hadera.

In the past, radical Palestinian Islamic groups have claimed responsibility for carrying out these attacks. I have to stress at this time, though, no claim of responsibility has been issued about this latest incident.

Back to you, Linda.

STOUFFER: And, Matthew, this, of course, was to have been a day of progress towards Middle East peace. Can you tell us a little bit more about the talks that were set up today in Egypt and just what happened there?

CHANCE: That's right, well, I mean, those talks a great hope for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process now, postponed or at least on hold. The latest we've heard from Israeli officials here in Jerusalem is that Ehud Barak, the Israeli prime minister, will not now be going to Egypt for that expected summit with the Palestinian Authority president, Yasser Arafat.

The summit, of course, to be hosted by the Egyptian -- was to be hosted by the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak. Both leaders -- both Ehud Barak and President Mubarak -- have agreed, though, to speak further on the telephone at a later date to try and get together and fix up the timing for any new summit -- Linda.

STOUFFER: Matthew Chance in Jerusalem with the latest on that, thank you very much.

And again, the latest that we have it now: a total of three explosions in and around a bus in Tel Aviv in Israel. The total we have at this point: 11 people injured. -- and as you just heard from Matthew Chance, one of those people said to be injured seriously.

A story we will continue to follow, and as we get more developments on this breaking story, we, of course, will bring that to you right away.

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